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La Sportiva Tarantula Climbing Shoe - Women's



Tarantula Climbing Shoe

Creepy, crawly spiders can climb any route better than any climber, and knowing that actually brings confidence to you when you enter a climbing gym for the first time, because you can do it if an insect can do it, and the La Sportiva Women's Tarantula Climbing Shoe is here to help. Like most climbing shoes, the Tarantula has the friction to help you stick to those footholds you think are impossible to stand on. Unlike most climbing shoes, the Tarantula actually focuses on comfort so you can keep thinking about how to climb without the agonies of painful feet trying to convince you to put on some slippers or something.
  • Entry-level climbing shoe focuses on comfort
  • Flat profile ensures all-day comfort for focusing on learning to climb
  • Moderate curvature for more power on the wall
  • Frixion rubber sole helps you stick to smaller footholds
  • Medium-stiff midsole offers support for long sessions
  • Unlined leather upper will stretch about half a size
  • Item #LSP00GY

Upper Material
hook-and-loop straps
medium-stiff, Laspoflex (1.8mm)
Fixion RS (5mm)
Claimed Weight
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year
womens RL45
Asymmetrical Curvature

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 2

Not true to size

Runs small
Size Bought

A bunch of reviews said this was true to size, or even that they sized down... I went with a 37.5 to fit my size 7US feet knowing that normal shoes at a 37.5 would be too small.... surprise, they were way too small. I know climbing shoes are supposed to be tight, but the crunch they put on my big toe would have been crippling. Will return and get a larger size

>Rating: 4

Great for beginners

I've used it several times
True to size
Size Bought
5` 5"
145 lbs

This shoe is great for beginners it's comfortable as far as climbing shoes go. La Sportivas are my go to climbing shoes I've tried other brands but they just don't do it for me like sportivas. I wear a womens size 9 in normal shoes so I got these in a 40.5 they fit perfectly they were bit snug at first but once they broke in it was a Cinderella moment for me.

>Rating: 5

Love the shoes!

I've used it several times
True to size
Size Bought

I love these shoes. I had a pair of Tarantulace shoes I wore out that were almost the same... - these fit the same as my old ones without the cumbersome laces. :) I was excited to get velcro to help me get them on and off faster when climbing. They are super comfy! I use them as my comfortable climbing shoes that I can wear for longer if needed. They aren't aggressive climbing shoes... but when I need comfort, they do the job. I have other shoes that are more aggressive that I use when doing harder climbs. I use them in the gym a lot. I have a really hard time finding climbing shoes that fit nicely and these fit great; -I have a wide toe box and they fit perfect. I sized down two sizes from my street shoes so my toes have a curl in them. I have friends who only size down 1 size in these shoes, so I guess if you're trying to figure out what size to get... I'd start with sizing down 1. Hope this review helps! Love the shoes! :) Thanks La Sportiva and Backcountry! :)

>Rating: 3

Wide through the toe

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
True to size
Size Bought

My daughter climbs competitively and has had a couple pairs of La Sportiva shoes when she was a beginner. The Tarantula lace up were her first shoe and worked great. Ordered these as an inexpensive option for outdoor climbing camp this summer and unfortunately they’re very wide through the toe, and not suitable for her narrow feet, so they didn’t provide any stability. No fault of the shoe, just not meant for someone who is narrow footed.

>Rating: 5

First climbing shoe!

Love these! Fit snug and have been great for basic gym climbing. Definitely recommend!